Tag Archives: appalachia

The salient feature of ramps is the smell

They’re the first greens of the season, and they’re coming up right about now. Ramps, (Allium tricoccum or Allium tricoccum var. burdickii, Alliaceae) also known as wild leeks, are native to the Appalachian mountains. Ramps can be found growing in patches in rich, moist, deciduous forests as far north as Canada, west to Missouri and […]

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"Que te parece! Now I believe in the egg!"

“Benito Fernandez, known by all the Spaniards as Benito El Tuerto because he couldn’t see out of his left eye, lived just two houses away from our house on Ashton Lane. His wife, Cristina, was a short, heavy woman who spent most of her time sitting in a rocking chair and saying her rosary beads. […]

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The more they dug, the more money piled up

Hoard Of Ancient Coins Found Near Madisonville Maryville Times, Monday, July 11, 1927 (By Mrs. Robert Magill in Chattanooga Times) MADISONVILLE, Tenn—Just imagine how it must feel to be hoeing cotton with a long, hard day in prospect, and all at once begin to dig up clinking coins—and the deeper you dug the more coins […]

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There is no suspicion that he desired to commit suicide

Moseley’s Administrator v. Black Diamond Coal & Mining Co. Appeal from Muhlenberg Circuit Court filed April 16, 1908 Opinion of the court by Judge Carroll, reversing. James Moseley was employed as night fireman and engineer by the Black Diamond Coal & Mining Company. The engine room was situated some sixty feet from the mouth of […]

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The Long Trail of Shortia, part 2 of 2

The Long Trail of Shortia, by Charles Elliott, appeared originally in Horticulture Magazine, August 2001 (continued from yesterday)… In the autumn of 1886, Charles Sprague Sargent, founder of the Arnold Arboretum and by then America’s most distinguished dendrologist, journeyed to the corner where Georgia, North and South Carolina come together. This mountain region, about 75 […]

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